Since joining the ACC in 2004, the Miami Hurricanes have won ... zero conference championships. That’s right, the dominant program from years past had become an afterthought in its new league. In fact, the Canes have never won a division title. But they are the preseason favorite to win the ACC Coastal Division after Mark Richt got the program moving in the right direction following the Al Golden debacle. Richt has amassed a ton of talent in South Beach, but he needs a quarterback to emerge after the departure of Brad Kaaya.
Is the U finally back?! In the two seasons Mark Richt has overlooked the program, the Miami Hurricanes have gone a combined 19-7 straight up and 14-12 against the spread and went on to compete in a pair of bowl games splitting each. A different team has gone on to win the ACC Coastal Division each of the last five seasons. Miami managed to turn the trick last year. Do they have what it takes to be the first repeat winner since Virginia Tech in 2011 and 2012?
Oddsmakers certainly think so with the Canes lined as +117 favorites to win the division and go on to likely face Clemson in the ACC title game a second straight season. Miami was simply destroyed in that tilt 38-3 as 12.5 point underdogs, so there’s still a ton of ground for this program to cover if it’s to once again become the national championship contender it once was on a yearly basis.
Miami is currently offering up a sweet 48-1 return on investment if the program takes a gargantuan leap and finds a way to win it all. From an ACC perspective, the Hurricanes check in at +525 to dethrone Dabo Swinney’s Tigers. The likely biggest hurdle in winning the Coastal will be Virginia Tech. That said, the Hokies are currently lined with a near 10-1 price tag to win the ACC. Miami is the better team in the eyes of the linemakers but will have to prove it to the betting public in a crucial road trip to Blacksburg in the middle of November.
Offensively, the Hurricanes are loaded with fast skill position players like wideout Ahmmon Richards and DeeJay Dallas. Still, it will be up to a retooled offensive line to open holes for the running backs, and quarterback Malik Rosier to get the pass catchers the pigskin. Each is of great concern entering the season, so the team’s ability to surpass its lofty 9.5 game season win total is definitely a question mark.
One thing that’s understood however is what the Canes bring on the other side of the ball. We’re talking about a defense that allowed an even 21.0 points per game ( No. 28 ) and forced so many opponent miscues that the term “Turnover Chain” came to life. Though the unit loses some big names up front and in the secondary, it returns arguably the best linebacker corps in the country that’s anchored by junior Shaq Quarterman. Opposing quarterbacks will not enjoy lining up against this group of cats!
Though the team got out to a 10-0 start last season, it only managed to split those games against the college football betting odds. That was a likely fade indicator that astute CFB bettors used at the tail end of last season to fade Mark Richt’s team. Another undefeated start to the season is likely this year as well with its toughest early tests coming against LSU in Week 1 and Florida State in Week 6. How this team handles the stretch run will make or break season win total players.
Road trips to Virginia and VTECH will no doubt be tough off playing FSU and GTECH the previous weeks. There’s also matchups against BC, Duke and PITT that could also prove problematic. Miami has to show me it’s taken the next step before I can buy in. There’s simply just way too many unknown factors for me to jump aboard confidently, and the fact that there hasn’t been a repeat winner in the Coastal Division going on five years leads me to believe that streak remains intact come season’s end. Miami will still grow as a program in 2018, but I’m not willing to invest in it growing enough to qualify for the CFP. There’s a reason “No” is currently lined at -1500.
Week 1: Miami vs. LSU, Sunday, September 2, 7:30 p.m. ET – ABC
Week 2: Savannah State at Miami, Saturday, September 8, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 3: Miami at Toledo, Saturday, September 15, 12 p.m. ET
Week 4: FIU at Miami, Saturday, September 22
Week 5: North Carolina at Miami, Thursday, September 27, 8 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 6: Florida State at Miami, Saturday, October 6
Week 7: Miami at Virginia, Saturday, October 13
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Miami at Boston College, Friday, October 26, 7 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 10: Duke at Miami, Saturday, November 3
Week 11: Miami at Georgia Tech, Saturday, November 10
Week 12: Miami at Virginia Tech, Saturday, November 17
Week 13: Pittsburgh at Miami, Saturday, November 24
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